North Texas Boy Undergoes Revolutionary Brain Surgery

Sam Gladen was awake during deep brain stimulation aimed at treating dystonia.

Friday, Jan 9, 2009  |  Updated 1:08 PM CDT
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Sam Gladen was awake as he underwent pediatric deep brain stimulation at Cook Children's Medical Center.

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Meet Sam Gladen, a Lake Dallas boy suffering with dystonia and fighting the disease with help from Cook Children's Medical Center.
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Sam Gladen was awake as he underwent deep brain stimulation.
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Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth is the first hospital in the United States to implement a pediatric deep brain stimulation program for children diagnosed with movement disorders.

The hospital's neuroscience team performed its first surgery in Sept., 2007, but the May 2009 surgery on a boy from Lake Dallas could be described as the public debut.

Sam Gladen was diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily.   In Sam, it started with a limp in his left and eventually he stopped walking.

Sam's pediatric neurologist at Cook Children's suggested DBS treatment for Sam, but it would require the 13-year-old to be awake during surgery and came with no guarantee of success.

NBC 5 had cameras there from the operating room to the follow up visits and watched as the Gladen family experienced what it describes as a "miracle".  

Links:
Cook Children's Neurosciences - Pediatric Deep Brain Stimulation
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
DFW Dystonia Symposium - January 24, 2009

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